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Re: Elizabethan Body Language
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1962  Thursday, 9 August 2001

[1]     From:   Melissa D. Aaron <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Aug 2001 09:23:20 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language

[2]     From:   Barbara D. Palmer <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Aug 2001 13:40:46 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language

[3]     From:   Maijan H. Al-Ruwaili <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 08 Aug 2001 02:22:35 +0300
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From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Aug 2001 09:23:20 -0700
Subject: 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language

Mike Jensen wrote:

>Over dinner tonight I heard about a book on Elizabethan body language.
>The woman who mentioned it didn't know the title or author.  The book
>was simply mentioned to her.
>
>Immediately mental red flags started waving.  Who has the time machine?
>OK, so maybe there are extant contemporary books and pamphlets on this
>subject that I don't know about.  What I don't know can fill an
>encyclopedia - and does!
>
>Does anybody know this book?  Will you please give me the
>title/author/publisher data?  Has anyone read it?  What are the author's
>sources, and on what does s/he build conclusions?  What do you think?
>Well reasoned and reliable?  A piece of clean you shoe?  Something in
>between?

I wonder if she could have been referring to David Bevington's excellent
book *Action is Eloquence: Shakespeare's Language of Gesture.*  It's
been a while since I read it, but one of his sources is an Elizabethan
gesture manual, which I *think* is called Chirologia, the Natural
Language of the Hand, or something like that.  Anyway, if that's the
book she meant, it's very good.

Melissa D. Aaron
Cal Poly Pomona

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From:           Barbara D. Palmer <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Aug 2001 13:40:46 -0400
Subject: 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language

She may have meant John Bulwer's _Chirologia: or the Natural Language of
the Hand; and Chironomia: or the Art of Manual Rhetoric_, ed. James W.
Cleary (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press,
1974), a codification of gestures to accompany oratory which was first
published in 1644.  Some of the Bulwer gestures are reprinted in Andrew
Gurr's _The Shakespearean Stage_, I believe, and others in my article,
"Gestures of Greeting: Annunciations, Sacred and Secular," in _Gesture
in Medieval Drama and Art_, ed. Clifford Davidson (Kalamazoo: Medieval
Institute Publications, 2001).

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Date:           Wednesday, 08 Aug 2001 02:22:35 +0300
Subject: 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1958 Elizabethan Body Language

I am not quite sure this is what Jensen is looking for, but it is worth
looking into:

"Commodification and Representation:  The Body in Shakespeare's History
Plays" by   --K. A. Ewert, in

                WEST VIRGINIA SHAKESPEARE AND
                       RENAISSANCE ASSOCIATION
                            SELECTED PAPERS
                                  (SRASP)

                               Volume 21, 1998

The good thing is that the whole article (the issue too) is online.

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